“The main science mega-project of the 2045 Initiative aims to create technologies enabling the transfer of a individual’s personality to a more advanced non-biological carrier, and extending life, including to the point of immortality.” – 2045 Initiative
The question, however, remains: How are these scientific discoveries and technological developments helping ensure that future methods of mind uploading and avatar designs are successful?
3D Bioprinting: The future of healthcare will soon rely on incredibly powerful technologies, such as 3D printers. We’ve already witnessed some avenues of medicine using these technologies to help save peoples’ lives, but we’re now reaching into the corners of science that were originally thought to be impossible. 3D bioprinting company BioBots plans on 3D printing artificial human tissue, i.e. ears, noses, etc., which will certainly pave the way in our path towards replacing our biological substrate for artificial systems.
Harmony Exoskeleton: The 2045 Initiative has plans on replacing the human body for an artificial Avatar system. Reaching that point requires the human mind getting used to the idea of controlling robotic bodies. In which case, the new Harmony exoskeleton suit achieves just that by helping people with spinal and neurological injuries to re-acquire their bodily functions. While this robotic suit is attached to your biological body, it’s your mind in which controls the robotic replacement, taking us one step closer to our Avatar transformation.
Digital Mouse Brain: One of the goals of the 2045 Initiative is to have our minds uploaded into an artificial replica of the human brain. Achieving such a monumental feat will require steps ahead of time where we’ve achieved similar progress in far less complicated animal brains. Scientists have taken that step by uploading regions of a mouse’s brain onto its digital incarnation, allowing researchers to study the mouse’s brain and its functions without ever having to physically harm the mouse itself. Consider this a win for both Transhumanists and animal rights activists.
4D Printed Soft Robots: The flexibility and dexterity of the human body is undeniable and is certainly a feat worth accomplishing using robotic systems, but doing so requires designing robots with soft, flexible features similar to that of our own body. Soft robotics have the potential to achieving just that, and now researchers are starting to explore the possibility of creating soft robotics using 4D printers – similar to 3D printers, only the printed objects have the subsequent added feature of changing shape on its own.
Swarm Autonomous Robo-Fish: Thanks to the Collective Cognitive Robotics Project, which is sponsored by the European Commission, researchers have been able to design swarm robotics that mimic certain fish behavior, effectively creating autonomous swarm ‘bots that have individual control, but are able to accomplish more when brought together as a collective. To have control over several different robots, rather than one, certainly paints a vivid picture of the future where, rather than having one Avatar to control, you’ll be able to expand yourself into several different Avatars at once – the emergence of a Hive Mind!
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